Bulwell Forest set for £180,000 facelift

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A NEW pavilion will be part of a near-£180,000 plan to transform Bulwell Forest recreation ground.

Nottingham City Council’s scheme, which is due to start this summer, will also include redevelopment of the existing tennis courts and a new children’s play area.

Football pitches and basketball courts might also be incorporated in the enterprising project.

A £179,378 grant for the scheme has been provided by Section 106 funding, which is a payment to councils by developers as part of applications for planning consent, with the money to be spent on improvements to parks, roads or schools.

Bulwell Forest Action Group helped with a consultation among residents about the scheme.

Spokesman Bill Blackamore said: “We are delighted with the outcome and the scheme will give a major boost to the recreation ground.”

The new pavilion will be built on the footprint of the existing building, which has been badly damaged by a fire and is to be demolished.

Some of the equipment on the new play area will be suitable for use by disabled youngsters.

Coun Alan Clark, a Labour member for Bulwell Forest ward on the council, said the scheme could make the recreation ground a “real community focus” for sport and other activities.

He thought the council was very fortunate to have acquired the capital needed for the improvements, which would be of great benefit to people of the ward.

His views were echoed by the council’s lead member for leisure, culture and customers, Coun David Trimble (Lab).

He said: “The proposed improvements are being financed out of external money received through Section 106 funding from a local development.

“Through consultation with local people and councillors, it is felt the money would be well spent on improving this important community park.”

OUR PHOTO shows a play area at the recreation ground — DISPIC 11-0105-2.